ABC, Salma Hayek developing 'Wicked' miniseries

ABC is teaming up with Salma Hayek and her production company to develop a miniseries based on Wicked. According to Variety, this adaptation will strictly be based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 book, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and not on the megapopular musical.

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  • DMSJSU

    Let it be done and quickly forgotten so we can get the movie musical version up and going!

    • maryb889

      I disagree … I think a non-musical version will be much more interesting … Looking forward to this one!!

    • arroba

      You must be one of those morons that wouldn’t touch a book even their lives depended on that. Just if you’ve forgotten, before being a musical, it was a breathtaking novel.

  • Rebecca

    Amazing!!!! I will be watching!!! Great book!!

  • jane1982

    A miniseries based on a book based on a movie based on another book? My head hurts now!

    • Josh

      With a spin off musical which will have a movie based on the musical based on the book based on the movie on the book.

      • KarlHall

        Josh… u killed me. mY brian is all over the computerzws…

      • Stephanie T.

        Hairspray much?

    • chacha

      It was a book first…the musical was based on the novel. This version is NOTHING like L. Frank Baum’s fairy tale. So it could be a really interesting miniseries if done right. Probably will disappoint fans of the musical actually.

      • jordan

        …that’s what he said. (really)

  • Felix

    Good…the book actually had something intelligent to say. The musical was dreck.

    • TorontoTom

      The musical was spectacular! Amazing music, great performances, a real message – totally dreck-less!

      • Viv

        yawn. blah. the musical was so bland & riskless. the book was dark and exciting and at times, terrifying. Thanks Salma– you’re a true artist & fearless producer. such an inspiration!!

      • teatroborikua

        Viv, there’s no guarantee that Salma’s film will be faithful and risky. And in fact, if we go by Ugly Betty, which Salma produced, we could assume that WICKED will be quite user-friendly middle of the road and devoid of anything that might alienate people…

      • Doris

        I hated the music. I don’t think I could have hummed one of those tunes to save my life. Good show music is Cole Porter, Oscar Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the man who wrote Fiddler on the Roof.

      • maryb889

        The musical had one thing going for it: Defying Gravity. After that, it was all downhill from there. I think a non-musical miniseries based on the book (and not the musical) would be awesome. Looking forward to it!

  • Mellissa

    The “wildly popular musical” was also based n the book.

    • Abby

      True, but they are very different creations. I for one couldn’t make it through the book but absolutely loved the musical. A film version of the musical would be awesome. A film version of the book isn’t as exciting to me, but maybe it would improve on the book.

      • JB

        Funny, I was the other way around. The book was intelligent and riveting. Couldn’t wait to see the musical, halfway through it my mouth was hanging open. It was NOTHING like the book. Just awful. If Hayek stays true to the politics of the book then the series will be worth watching.

      • Laura

        Reading is hard, Abby.

  • Jen Jen

    Loved the musical and I loved the book. Went on to read Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men. All great reads. The book obviously had saucier material that was removed for the family friendly stage.

  • jeannette

    Loved the book but never saw the musical. Hope this is good.

  • matt

    yay!!!! i really wanted to see a movie verson of one f my favorite books, but doubted it would ever happen. but now its official!

  • pastafarian

    The book has more challenging content than the musical, and I would hope the miniseries finds a good home, perhaps on HBO, or even Starz (Pillars of the Earth wasn’t bad).

  • Damian

    In this particular case there is definitely room for both. This actually makes sense because there’d be no way to turn the book into one two hour movie. So the book gets a great, detailed tv treatment and the musical will get a splashy big screen one.

  • dee123

    Would love to see Kristen Bell as Glinda & Angela Lansbury as Mme. Morrible.

  • MJ

    The book was the first book I actually THREW AWAY. I’ve never read anything so repulsive and ridiculous in my life. Mr. Baum must surely be spinning in his grave at warp speed. And to think someone has the nerve to put it on tv. “Uncle!”

    • Erin

      I disagree. The book was wonderfully written. True there are parts that may not be “child-friendly” but for all of us adult readers, it was a magnificent book filled with such imagery and intense plot-lines. I prefer the book Elphaba to the musical, although I must say, I love the musical as well, but for completely different reasons. The two of them have hardly anything in common, so there is honestly nothing to compare. When I look at the two separately, they are both beautiful, but together, the book wins.

  • S

    I wonder how much of the religous aspects of the books esp the concept of predetermination, & fate will be shown. This is ABC which is owned by Disney which tends to not be so adult centric & a bit more pro-christian. Are we really going to see how big of a slut Elphaba’s mother is (esp w/ Turtleshell)? Will they show the beatings? Will they show the extrem of the Dragon clock. The book is pretty dense w/ lots of themes. It’s not a children’s book or is it light hearted. Wicked & Son of Witch do not have happy endings. Of course if they make this into a movie I want to see McGuires Snow White & Cinderella esq books turned into good movies.

    • Jackie

      There was actually a made-for-TV movie of ‘Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister’ a few years ago. It was quite good. I would also be curious to see ‘Mirror, Mirror’ translated to the screen.

  • Nick

    I think it’s a mistake to stick to the book at this point without acknowledging the musical. I also think making this for the small screen is kind of silly as well. Eventually, this movie (as a musical) will be made. And no one will ever remember the miniseries based on the book. Aim higher and think bigger, Salma!

    • p

      the musical is a dumbed down, simplified version of the book, why would it have to be acknowledged or considered in a tv adaptation of the book? It is not a mistake to based the miniseries on the the richer source of information (i.e. the book). Salma is thinking higher and bigger…as in higher and bigger in quality of the story.

      • magpie

        hear, hear. never saw the musical but absolutely loved the book. I’ve heard of people who hated it because “it didn’t stick to the real story of Oz”…which was sort of the point… I wish producers would stop pandering to the masses just to make a quick buck and actually focus on quality and integrity. *ahemBuffyremake*
        I’m interested to see what they do with this, but I’m not holding my breath. Pardon my cynicism but I feel like people can’t digest the content if it’s not spoon-fed in the form of a fluffy song-and-dance routine. “Oh no, raw emotion! Opposing viewpoints! *gasp* SEX!” Welcome to life.
        And yes, this is just MY opinion…before peeps get all up in my “face”.

      • Erin

        I agree. The book is far superior to the movie, and making it a miniseries is not necessarily a bad thing. Think of Band of Brothers (the writer of whom will play a part in Wicked). It is a miniseries as well and is widely popular.

  • Barack Palin

    Anyone other than Nancy Pelosi in the lead and I ain’t watching.

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